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The World of Neglected Dimensions

Laboratory of Natural Philosophy,
Section of Plant Biology,
CALS School of Integrative Plant Science,
Cornell University,
Ithaca, New York 14853 USA

So when considering neglected dimensions, let's remember:

Peer-Reviewed Papers

Remember the Doppler Effect and Look at Special Relativity:

Remember Properties of the Photon and Look at General Relativity and Dark Energy:

Remember the Second Law of Thermodynamics and Look at CPT Symmetry and Dark Matter:

Remember that Nothing Real can be a Mathematical Point and Look at the Photon:

Other Papers on the Photon:

Paper on the Contradiction between the Biologists' and Physicists' View on Time:

Paper on the Cultures of Science and the Humanities:

Papers with Allan Witztum on Vegetable Ivory and the Biomechanics of Cattails:

Before I Worked on the Mechanics of Light and Gravity, I Worked on Transport Processes in Plant Cells and on How Plant Cells Sense Light, Gravity and Mechanical Stimulation:

On ArXiv:


Plant Cell Biology: From Astronomy to Zoology
Chat in the Stacks Talk Slides for Chat in the Stacks Talk
Companion Materials

Light and Video Microscopy

  • Chat in the Stacks Talk
  • Slides for Chat in the Stacks Talk

    Light and Video Microscopy Second Edition
    Companion Materials


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    Friday Seminar Series

    September 2, 2011
    11:15am, 404 Plant Science

    Randy Wayne
    Department of Plant Biology
    Cornell University

    “Ask not what physics can do for biology, ask what biology can do for physics.”
    A Plant Cell Biologist’s Perspective on Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity

    What would you do if your research led you to question one of the most famous scientists or one of the most famous theories in history?

    While we are often told to stay within the confines of our credentials, historically, there has not been a “box” to stay within, and consequently, botanists, physicians and physiologists have played a major role in the discovery of the Laws of Nature and the nature of physical reality. Thomas Young’s study of astigmatism led him to develop the wave theory of light. J. Robert Mayer’s study of blood color led him to formulate the First Law of Thermodynamics. Jean Poiseuille’s study of blood flow led him to develop the eponymous law of fluid flow. Adolf Fick’s study of kidneys led him to develop the eponymous laws of diffusion. Hugo de Vries’ study of plasmolysis and Wilhelm Pfeffer’s study of leaf movement paved the way for Jacobus van’t Hoff and Svante Arrhenius to develop physical chemistry and the theory of solutions; and Robert Brown’s study of pollen and pollination provided the physical phenomenon that led to Einstein’s description of Brownian motion and his mathematical proof of the reality of molecules.

    I will describe how my knowledge of living plant cells and light microscopy along with a healthy dose of courage allowed me to find an oversight in Einstein’s development of the Special Theory of Relativity and will present my alternative to Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity. In the process I will touch on the importance of common sense and questioning authority.

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    Plant Biology Retreat

    August 25, 2012

    Randy Wayne
    Department of Plant Biology
    Cornell University

    “The Gravitational Deflection of Starlight.”

    Cornell Student Chapter of the Optical Society of America

    October 2, 2015
    4 PM, 247 Clark

    Randy Wayne
    Section of Plant Biology
    CALS School of Integrative Plant Science
    Cornell University

    “The Nature of Light: A View from the Ag Quad.”

    Light is of paramount importance to plants and all living organisms that depend on plants for food, clothing and shelter. Plants not only use light to power photosynthesis but they also recognize the quality, quantity and duration of light in order to determine the direction of the sun, the time of day, and the seasons of the year. Thus it is natural for a botanist to ask, “What is the nature of light itself?” The photon is currently considered to be a mathematical point or a collection of infinite plane waves that move through spacetime that can be warped by matter. Starting with Maxwell’s equations, I will question the properties given to time, space and the vacuum by the theories of relativity. I will do so in an experimentally-verifiable way. Then I will transfer the liberated degrees of freedom from spacetime and the vacuum to the photon. In doing so, I will be able to characterize the photon in an intelligible manner as the carrier of the electromagnetic force.


    Lecture Notes for Light and Life Spring 2016 (PBIO 1330)

    Light and Vision: There is More than Meets the Eye

    Light and Energy

    Living Light

    Using Light to Keep Track of Time and Determine Orientation in Space

    Seeing the Invisible: The Photon

    Vintage Movies

    Introductory Biology Course for Non Majors

    Syllabus for BIOG 1110 Spring 2010: Cornell's Cancelled Course:

    Lecture Slides for BIOG 1110 Spring 2010: Cornell's Cancelled Course:

    List of Books Discussed in BIOG 1110 Spring 2010: Cornell's Cancelled Course:

    Exams for BIOG 1110 Spring 2010: Cornell's Cancelled Course:

    Botany Lectures at Shoals Marine Laboratory July 2009

    Other Writings by Randy Wayne

    Rare and Special Items

    Letter from Erwin Chargaff to Randy Wayne

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